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into this debate? >> well, president obama has been in nevada a few days during the campaign. mitt romney in massachusetts sparring with rob portman who's playing the role of president obama in these debate prep sessions. for president obama his foe mitt romney, massachusetts senator john kerry. they've been working on this debate for months and months. an interesting story over the weekend, a passage about what mitt romney's been doing. this from the "new york times." it says, "mr. romney's team has concluded that debates are about creating moments and has equipped him with a series of zingers he has memorizened and has been tracksing on aides since august." now, they're right debates are about moments but ain an amusin image. mitt romney sitting in a room peppering them with zingers. i would like to be on the wall hearing that. >> not about zingers, serious substantive policy. and in "the washington post" showing a virtual dead heat with the president and mitt romney. obama with a slight edge. 49-47%. t also in this survey, it delves down into the expectations game for this debate. what
the political debate. president obama and mitt romney will begin their debate debating the issues. pbs is moderating. >> facing off this first presidential debate is just beginning. this live picture. waiting for the challenger mitt romney who will face off against barack obama. we have team coverage. kron 4 news at 6:00 p.m. begins now. (male announer) live from the kron 4 news station, this is the kron 4 news. >> we have team coverage. and we are going to begin with catherine heenan. she has been on the >> showing the motorcade but the talking today it was handled by the circuits. romney. handled by the circuits. >> you know what, myou have five boys you have good arguments kills just go with that. , bill clinton was on after -- goal with that. just go with that. >> nobody could have finished this damage in this amount of for years. however his plan is better in the short term and long term. >>catherine: this is particularly good for the challenger that has the proverbial level playing field that with the incumbent. in any of and they suggest that the candidate will lay out a clear p
a solid performance in the debate with president obama. >> i apologize mr. president, i use that term with all respect. >> coming up for you at 7:15, which of the candidates did the best according to debate watchers surveyed and also a closer look at some of the statements made about tax cuts. >>> in other news a memory is being planned in san francisco for am bas discoer chris stephens, killed in libya. his parents shared photos with us here at their home in oakland. stephens was killed september the 11th when protesters attacked the u.s. embassy in been been ben ben gazi. they are doing that there. >> they are doing that blue angels show there. and get more information about that and the rest of the festivities in san francisco, go to ktvu.com and look for the hot topic section and there is a lot going on. >> a lot going on. >> uh-huh. >> you always warn drivers to be careful. >> keep your eyes on the road. >> keep your eyes on the road. we keep our eyes on sal. >> traffic is doing well around the bay area. as a matter of fact, looking at at the bay bridge, which is normal, for thi
barack obama también continúa su campaña bromeando el jeu que su adversario del debate no era e mismo. >>> nosotros estamos tranquilos, porque el presidente le continúa diciendo a mitt romney que las políticas son extremas, que dé detalles de las políticas que nunca hizo, no da ejemplos de qué tipo de deducción y qué tipo de acción va a hacer para el desarrollo económico y cuarto continúa diciendo realmente falsedades. >>> aunque como siempre hay controversia de la veracidad de la información que se da en el debate, una encuesta de cnn indica que el 67% del público piensa que ganó mientras que el 25% que ganó el presidente barack obama. >>> el próximo debate es en nueva york donde la audiencia hará preguntas. >>> la ola de calor promovió la propagación de mosquitos, donde aparecieron también pájaros muertos contagiado por la enfermedad, el virus del nilo occidental podría ser mortal. >>> adwaters se sumó a la lista de ciudades que está en la bancarrota, decenas de trabajadores municipales recibirán una notificación de despido y múltiples servicios públicos s
probably was prepared to use it in the debate but he didn't get the chance because president obama didn't bring up the 47%. >>> president obama is back at a rally in wisconsin yesterday, the president sounded more like his supporters wanted him to sound during the debate as he mocked mitt romney. >> when i got on the stage, i met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. but i know it couldn't have been mitt romney. because the real mitt romney's been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy. and yet, the fellow on the stage last night, who looked like mitt romney, said he did not know anything about that. >> a spirited president obama last night, somewhat different president than we saw at the debate a couple nights ago. the president hits two more battleground states today, virginia and ohio. >> some people are wondering where was president obama, right? it was a different president obama as well. >> i think his aides in the campaign made sure they did see a different president obama yesterday on the trail for
of a shutdown >>> the vice-presidential candidates in the limelight this week and as president obama and mitt romney in seclusion preparing for their first debate wednesday. chip reid shows us what to expect from the two season debaters. >>> paul ryan is in the state of new hampshire today >>> vice-president joe biden campaigned in florida where he argued the obama administration inherited a trillion dollar deficit from the bush administration >>> that the two wars on a credit card without paying a penny >>> president obama and mitt romney tucker downed cramming for next week's debate showdown both sides work hard to lower expectations by praising their opponent. romney says the president has the advantage is one of the talented political communicators in modern history obama says romney has the edge to betting about two dozen times during the republican primary >>> in the both have ample experience debating but gov. romney has more practice recently >>> she runs the annenberg center at university of pennsylvania >>> in the challenger has the opportunity to challenge she is competent to stand
. >> reporter: romney participated in 19 debates during the primaries. president obama is also a seasoned debater. bigad shaban, cbs news, denver. >>> denver university students got a chance to stand in for the stars of the debate this morning. students look mighty presidential too took the mark for the president and mr. romney and the moderator jim lehrer. this picture made the front page of the "new york times" today. so that is pretty cool. technicians were testing the debate hull during the stand-in and everything is working fine. and you can see the debate right here on cbs 5 starting at 6:00 tonight. >>> a tv news anchor stands up to bullying. >> still to come what she considers the learning moment after an email calls attention to her weight. >> but first, a rough day for hewlett-packard on wall street. when the silicon valley giant can expect a turnaround. >>> hi, i'm meteorologist lawrence karnow in the cbs 5 weather center. we have cooler temperatures on the way, fog not too far away. we'll talk about that coming up. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, in to turn the struggling tech company around
? >> and democrats are wondering where that president obama was in the debate on wednesday and people wonder if he will be tough one on one when he has the stage. >>> and the obama touting a 181 million for september we have yet to hear from the romney campaign how they did last month. >> thank you for bringing us up to date from the romney camp. >> i don't know what the right number is, but i will tell you, these numbers don't smell right when you think about where the economy is right now. >> what about those recent numbers in the latest job report and showing a dip in the unemployment. former chairman jack welch is skeptical. meaning that employers added a modest 114,000 jobs and the drop comes at a critical time for the president who is coming off a weak debate performance with romney. joining us is new york times best selling author out with the latest book. ann coulter. at this point in time the president said we will be at 5.6 and enjoying that part of the economy and a more comfortable position and now they are running with this new number. what is your response. >> it is noticeable that a
is a good debater. >> president obama is a very gifted speaker. the man has been on the national stage for many years. >> i have absolute confidence when we get to thursday morning, george, all of you will be shaking your head saying it's a brand-new race with 33 days to go. >> under the president's policies, middle-income americans have been buried, they're just being crushed. i will not under any circumstances raise taxes on middle-income families. >> now, five weeks before the election, he is saying that his big bold idea is never mind. >> this time he seemed just a little bit detached. didn't want to be there. >> knowing he is behind. he need to win. came in and fought the fight stylistically. i think he put the president on the defensive a number of times. >> the seats flipped backward, and so people were essentially on the laps of the passengers behind them with their legs up in the air. >> i have never seen anything like that in all my years, 30 years of covering the airline industry. >> you say you are optimistic that you and maria will one day be together. how can you find tha
for president. the stage is set for the first debate between president obama and mitt romney. we'll have a preview. >>> coming up first, traffic comes to a halt onese bay highway. the late night crash forcing the chp to shutdown lanes. >> reporter: couple of berkeley police officers being called heroes this morning. i'll tell you why, coming up, next. >>> here's a look at high temperatures today, after three days of record breaking heat it is going to subside today, clouds will increase so will the sea breeze along the coast, 60s and 70s, will fall into the 60s during the afternoon. 70s and 80s bay. 80s and 90s inland. getting warmer to the east, 70s and 80s eastern seaboard 60s seattle and portland. all airports around new york except for jfk, philadelphia and baltimore now with flight arrival delays. here at home everybody is on time. >>> wednesday morning commute live look at the bay bridge toll as you can see metering lights on, commute lanes and fastrak breezing by. update on a san jose incident that we will get >>> good morning, 6:30 october 3rd. the bay, the sun is about to rise,
-to-head debates in a general election format. that's been president obama. governor romney hasn't. >> reporter: during the primaries romney demonstrated he can stumble. as he did trying to bet rick perry big money at one debate. >> rick, i'll tell you what, $10,000? $10,000 bet? >> reporter: but romney is no debate lightweight here taking down newt gingrich's idea for a moon colony in florida. >> if i had a business executive come to me and say they wanted to spend a few hundred billion dollars to put a colony on the moon, i'd say you're fired. >> reporter: while romney stays behind closed doors, he's fine tuning his message softening his position on immigration. allowing the children of undocumented workers to stay in the country until immigration reform is passed. he's also out with a tough new ad linking president obama to former house speaker nancy pelosi. >> who will raise taxes on the middle class? barack obama and the liberals already have. >> reporter: fresh ammunition for tomorrow night's debate at an event earlier today in charlotte, north carolina, wolf, biden said how can the romne
days to go. president obama and mitt romney make final preparations for the first presidential debate. nancy cordes is on the trail if las vegas. >> i was a steelworker for 30 years. >> glor: sick of political ads? barry petersen in california reports on a referendum trying to limit them. mandarin chinese, the world's most spoken language now required in one american school district. mark strassman goes to class. >> what is the word for hello? >> niho. >> glor: and fighting chance, a decorated combat veteran overcomes his battle scars, fulfilling a dream on the football field. >> i didn't die that day on october 3rd, because i was meant to do something more in my life. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news." >> glor: and good evening, everyone, i'm jeff glor. after months arguing from a distance president obama and mitt romney meet face-to-face on wednesday. their first debate is scheduled for denver. 90 minutes focusing on domestic issues. nancy cordes is on the campaign trail tonight in las vegas, nancy, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, jeff. and to give
in that province are americans. >>> mitt romney and president barack obama are preparing for the debate in denver. president barack obama talked about the upcoming debate in los angeles. >> what i am most concerned about is having a serious discussing about what we need to keep the country growing and restore security for hard working americans. >> he will remain in nevada for the debate and chris christy will on draft. this whole race will be turned upside down some thursday morning. >>> one week from today, president barack obama comes back here to the bay area hosting campaign money. he will be hosting a dinner in san francisco. that dinner will be followed by a concert. the concert tickets start at $100 and go up to $7,500 for premium seats and also a chance to take a picture with the president. musical guests have not been announced. >>> and governor jerry brown has signed several bills into law and we will have more on why hundreds of prison inmates may soon go free. >>> how is the commute, sal? >>> you know, sal? >>> we have more traffic in lafayette and it is a little bit slow between wal
debate between mitt romney and president obama right here on abc7. abc news, your voice, your vote. live debate coverage begins at 6:00 p.m. this wednesday. the u.s. supreme court will begin their new term tomorrow and the justices may weigh in on proposition 8. just as clarence thomas and colleagues attended a red mass at the cathedral in washington d.c., the church hosts the annual mass to pray for the judges. the court will hear arguments on october 10th that could further limit or even end affirmative action for college admission. also an appeal to sustain prop 8 could be heard in november. california voters approved a ban on same-sex marriage four years ago. >>> a messy situation on stage proves justin bieber is one dedicated performer. the story ahead and plus a portion of san francisco is now oracle world. the company's big convention could cause some big headaches if you are trying to get around downtown. that story ahead. and the heat will peak [ woman ] ring. ring. progresso. your new light creamy potato with bacon & cheese soup says it's 100 calories a serving. that's right. i
presidential debate. president obama will stay in nevada for the next few days to wrap up final preparations. he campaigned in las vegas last night to a group of 11,000 supporters and in an effort to manage his expectations said he's just an okay debater. >> i know folks in the media are speculating already on who's going to have the best zingers. >> you will. >> i don't know about that. president romney is a good debater. >> that is in response to reports that romney is prepping and plans on taking jabs at the president. obama spokeswoman is saying don't expect the president to fire any blows and he looks forward to continuing his conversation with the american people. the president is traveling with a prep team, david axelrod anita dunn and senator john kerry. kerry is playing romney during the mock debates with the president. the team is hunkering down to get the president ready. romney is campaigning in denver today with a stop with the wings over the rockies museum. paul ryan is at a rally in iowa. early voting in iowa is now underway. a washington post poll out this morning shows 63% o
. look at obama being in the lead nationally and in these targeted states, going into the debate, if, if we sort of change that debate narrative and obama won it and then these numbers come out, people already starting to talk about the race being over. i think it would be even more significant. so just really points up how big that debate performance of romney was to overcome all this news that's been working against him for a while now. jenna: that is interesting painting that other scenario if it didn't happen that way but it did. in the news cycle over next several days, does it wipe out the debate performance by the president because these new numbers look more positive than expected? >> doesn't wipe it out. romney would much rather have these 8.3 and rising and the 7.8% does talk, let him talk about you who the recovery's moving apace. the more significant thing, jenna, though is what the polls were saying before any of this. suddenly we were seeing 57% of americans starting to say that they thought the country was in recovery. only 43% thought it wasn't. there is a real feelin
the reviews from the debate has been so negative for president obama. and this just automatically changed the subject. at 8:30 yesterday morning we stopped talk thing about the debates and started talking about improvement in the jobless numbers >> yes. david with respect to the conspiracy theorists out there, mitt romney is not latched onto all threat rick. but could all this talk, this talk, could it damage him in the long run? i mean, in some ways all it does is just highlight the fact we're talking below 8%. >> absolutely, alex. i think that the romney campaign didn't respond to that because they don't want to be anywhere near it. even some conservatives quickly denounced those remarks, that tweet by jack welch. and i think that frankly for the obama administration those people who believe jack welch are not going to vote for president obama, anyway. and i think actually it's probably going to go away fairly quickly just because the romney campaign doesn't want to really touch this. >> the fact that he has to talking about mitt romney has to drop his line about the 8 plus percent from
for president obama after this week's tough debate performance. but the honeymoon only lasted five minutes before a tweet by former g.e. ceo jack welch sparked accusations of a conspiracy theory. joining me is former dse communications director and msnbc political analyst and publisher of mullings.com. >> it is a big improvement. is there a down side if the president and his advisers appear too relieved or the fact that it's under 8, that's a win? >> yeah. i think the president and the white house actually did a good job of -- they have all along making the point that let's keep this in context. it's good news because it's moving in the right direction. the other thing about the 7.8 number that i think is the most important is that number and the number of jobs created was in addition to about 418,000 more people actually re-entering the job market. so point being in the past sometimes we've had some good numbers because in part some people weren't looking for work anymore. so i think that's actually -- so there are a number of positives. but i think the president has been very realistic a
>> while romney is trying to capitalize on his debate performance, president obama meanwhile on the defensive over his. advisers promise a change before the second debate next week. with just 32 days now till the big vote, every move is critical. as abc's jake tapper reports. >> reporter: before a crowd of 12,000 in denver, the president tried to turn his opponent's polished debate performance into proof of his phoniness. >> when i got on to the stage, i met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. but the real mitt romney has been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy. >> reporter: in the audience many of the president's supporters expressed bewilderment at his performance. >> i felt like he should have been more aggressive. >> i didn't understand his strategy and thought, you know, i wondered what was going on. >> reporter: sources tell abc news, the president's strategy was a calculated decision not to risk appearing unpresidential by attacking romney on say that video insulting 47% of the coun
is pushing the candidates for gun violence plans. obama and romney meet for the debate in two-days. >> let's go to an extreme weather alert. the early breaks a 76-year-old flood record in ballenger, texas. it reached over 30 feet over the weekend. you are looking at nearby video of a park that is completely under water. you can see it right there. police are letting residents start to return to their homes. they were forced to evacuate on saturday. >> historians up and arms over a new green project. they want to cover an unused runway with solar panels. it says the site should be preserved as sacred ground. the project under consideration would cover the 4,000 foot runway and 14 acres of land with 60,000 solar energy panels by 2020. those are your top 5 at 5:30. >>> we are two-days away from the first presidential debate. final preps are underway for a mile high show down. doug luzader is live from washington. >>> it kind of borders on the surge. these guys start heaping praise on one another. to hear the president tell it as he did last night mitt romney his opponent has skills he can't m
on the campaign trail as president obama and mitt romney hunkers down and prepares for wednesday's debate. a new abc news/"washington post" poll shows a very tight race. so both campaigns see tomorrow night as a big opportunity. this presidential campaign has been going on for nearly two years and finally it's debate season for the nominees. the time when americans seem to really start paying attention. president obama's rehearsing with senator john kerry and mitt romney is squaring off against senator rob portman. both candidates have challenges and checklists. president obama's working on shorter answers, trying to avoid sounding like the professor he was before the white house. democrats say he needs to look strong and forceful and not appear irritated or impatient. >> they're trying to get him into the mode of being able to answer questions, short, concisely, and to the point, and so it's much more like his mannerisms and his style and the way he comes across as opposed to information in this. >> reporter: and mitt romney? he has to seem relatable, especially after his 47% comment. how can h
. >> this is barack obama. >> reporter: and like romney, the president sees this debate as a chance to talk to america. >> it's a choice between two different paths for this country. it's a choice between two fundamentally different visions for our nation. >> reporter: the president has a lead in all nine of the key battleground states including ohio, which begins early balloting today. >> romney's task is difficult because he has to redefine himself as well as redefining the election. >> reporter: an election only 35 days away but still far from over. and the first debate is on the domestic issues that are defining this election. lynn? >> all right, brian, thanks. >>> elsewhere, the candidates for the u.s. senate in massachusetts, scott brown and elizabeth warren, debated for the second time last night. the two were combative as they staked out opposite positions on issues ranging from job creation to bringing home troops from afghanistan. nbc's david gregory of "meet the press" was the moderator, and they also clashed over brown's claim of partisan independence. >> if he is re-elected, that increase
debate. mitt romney was too hot, barack obama was too cold, but i don't think barack obama splattered on the canvass. i think he did okay and he was very sort of methodical and purposesorial which is the way he is. he came across with the way people expect him to be without the sense of humor he tends to show in the public. i thought mitt romney was too aggressive with the moderator. i thought he came away like a bully. the only take away people came away from the debate was big bird. usually in marketing, that is a fail. >> i would disagree. i don't think mitt romney was too aggressive. i think he played it very well for himself. he gave space with the moderator to let the people on stage talk. he was willing at every opportunity to get in that extra comment and to almost always even display his own policy and attack obama. i don't think obama did anything catastrophic, he wasn't as on and romney really was. >> i think as a professor, i sort of -- it was nice that we had a wonkish debate with numbers. i wish the numbers were a little more accurate. >> that's a problem, right. i found
? political showdown. president obama and mitt romney hunker down for their high-stakes debate in denver. >>> and bumpy ride. a 10-year-old philadelphia boy is arrested after swiping and then crashing a van. good morning, everyone, i'm lynn berry. those stories and more are straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> and we are going to begin this morning with air scare. suspicion is swirling around american airlines after two flights in three days were returned to new york's jfk airport. the reason? passenger seats came loose on both planes. the first incident occurred on a flight from miami to boston. >> during climb-out, rows, passenger seats row 12d, e and f came loose out of the floor. passengers are unable to sit in that seat. >> well, the federal aviation administration said seating in both planes had recently undergone maintenance. the airline has now grounded eight 757s for reinspection. >>> to politics now where president obama and rival mitt romney will not be campaigning today, opting instead to prep for the first of their three debates tomorrow night in denver. republ
off with president obama in the first presidential debate. we will hear more from paul ryan about what he thinks romney has to do to woifrn the undecided voters. >>> let's talk about the weather now. shall we? >> maria molina is here with a look at our current temperatures. >> good morning ainsley and heather. good to see you this morning. good morning everyone. we are starting off on a cool note across portions of the great lakes. 44 in the city of cleveland. as we head eastbound new york city looking at the current temperature on the cool side as well as 54 degrees. if you live out west warm temperatures get ready anywhere from montana into the portion of the central rockies. you will notice a drop in temperatures. today on the warm side upper 70s down into portions of utah. you will be talking about actually some snow by midweek out there. also some freezing temperatures. inbound 70 not too bad. parts of the southeast, in the southeast dealing with thunderstorms could produce severe weather from panhandle to mississippi and alabama. that storm will bring heavy sri rain across parts
and president obama is just wrapping up some final debate prep in nevada. in ohio, early voting gets underway today. here's a look at some great video of people camping out to be able to cast their vote at the cuyahoga county board of elections. state senator nina turner was very first and said the long line is symbolic of how important voting is in ohio. cleveland mayor frank jackson also showed up for some moral support. so far 32% of republicans have requested early ballots. and 26% of democrats. and these early votes in ohio could really be symbolic. mitt romney likely will not become president unless he can take ohio. more john fuglesang coming up on the "full court press" after the break. stay with us. you're about to watch an ad message created by a current tv viewer for capella university. matter. >> i work with adults with developmental disabilities. growing up i had a single mother of four and people in the community were so helpful when they didn't even have much themselves. seeing people and their hardships made me want to m
. >> reporter: the theme of the debate for president obama appeared to be that romney's plans lacked specifics. >> is the reason that governor romney is keeping all these plans secret because it's too good? >> reporter: governor romney spent the night attacking his record. >> we still have deficit. >> reporter: mitt romney came into the debate trailing in the polls but that could change after last night's performance. >> anytime a challenger stands on the stage with the president in a first debate they tend to get a bounce. i expect that could happen here. >> reporter: the romney campaign believes the governor scored a knockout. >> i believe that governor romney was the clear winner of this debate. if it was a boxing match it would have been called. >> reporter: an instant cbs news poll chose romney the overwhelming winner. 46% of the people we surveyed said romney won the debate. but moderator and pbs anchor jim lehrer might not feel the same way. >> i'm sorry, jim, i'm going to stop this subsidy to pbs. i'm going to stop other things. i like pbs. i love big bird. i actually like you, too. bu
the debate but bit obama didn't bring it up so he couldn't. this is something he really wanted to distance himself from, soledad, because it has been seen as the source of a lot of problems for mitt romney in the last month. we saw polls widen between president obama and mitt romney especially in key battleground states. but make no mistake the obama campaign is not going to let him get away completely with this reversal. they have been running campaign ads with his own words in the fund-raiser and i think we are going to see them continue to hit him on the 47% and say you know what, this is what we think he accident there's also conversations about an obama flip-flop as well. tell me about that. >> this is kind of a flip-flop, i would say, on enthusiasm or tone. i think whether we were watching president obama on wednesday, it was very much a passive president obama. certainly wasn't what i was expecting, having been object the campaign trail with president obama. he campaigned yesterday in denver in wisconsin and really fired up and really calling mitt romney on what he saw smas of his i
wednesday's disappointing debate. president obama accused republican challenger of mitt romney of being dishonest. >>> mitt romney will also be campaigning in virginia today. he's holding a coal country rally just days after accusing the obama administration of crushing the coal industry. meantime romney is clarifying his controversial 47% comments. now he says he was completely wrong when he said half of americans are victims independent on the government. now both mitt romney and president obama will be keeping a close eye on the jobless report which is due to be released in about an hour from now. 115,000 jobs were added. they say that will increase the unemployment rate to 8.2%. now that some discouraging job seekers are returning to look for jobs. >>> the film that di pickets the osama bin laden man hunt is set to debut in two days. the new film is distributed by the weinstein company. harvey weinstein is a prominent fundraiser for the obama campaign. they say the timing is not to be believed political. >>> skyrocketing gas places may not come down any time soon. the fire at the ch
barack obama. romney spending a lot of this weekend in debate preparation. the same thing for the president. he's off the campaign trail today, tomorrow he does go out to nevada, but he's spending a lot of this weekend, we believe, behind closed doors getting ready. meanwhile, both campaigns are playing the expectations game, trying to lower the bar for their candidates. even the candidates themselves are doing it. take a listen to mitt romney recently on the campaign trail. >> he's president of the united states, he's a very effective speaker. >> he's a very eloquent speaker, and so i'm sure in the debates, as last time in his debates with senator mccain, he'll be very eloquent. >> it's not only mitt romney and his campaign playing the game. so is the obama campaign. >> what history tells us, that challengers normally win the first debate. just by the fact that they're standing on the stage with the president. that elevates them, and they normally come into these things as underdogs. we're coming into this debate very realistic. mitt romney is likely to win if he plays hi
>> jeff: tonight three days to go. president obama and mitt romney make final preparations for the first presidential debate. nancy cordes is on the trail if las vegas. >> i was a steelworker for 30 years. >> jeff: sick of political ads? barry petersen in california reports on a referendum trying to limit them. mandarin chinese, the world's most spoken language now required in one american school district. mark strassman goes to class. >> what is the word for hello. >> niho. >> and fighting chance, a decorated combat veteran overcomes his battle scars, fulfilling a dream on the football field. >> i didn't die that day on october 3rd, i was meant to do something more in my life. >> this is the captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news." >> jeff: and good evening, everyone, i'm jeff glor. after months arguing from a distance president obama and mitt romney meet face-to-face on wednesday. their first debate. it's scheduled for denver. 90 minutes focusing on domestic issues. nancy cordes is on the campaign trail tonight in las vegas, nancy, good evening. >> repo
story tonight. preparing for the big debate. president obama training in nevada. you may have heard my opponent and i are going to have a debate i'm looking forward to it? >> we are too. >> the media is speculating who is going to have the best zingers, governor romney is a good debater. i'm just okay mitt romney already in denver prepping for wednesday's big event. with us now is fox news senior analyst brit hume. i think the expectations for this debated are too high. people, particularly conservative americans, republicans are kinding expecting mitt romney to go out there and do something. i don't know if that's even possible right now. the public broadly speaking expects mitt romney to win. low expectations i suppose. the history as your comments suggest is that debates don't tend to change the trajectory of a presidential race very much. there has been a few cases where they have but just a few you are looking at this stage if you are a romney voter or fan for something that would change the apparent course of the election which you look at the thing nationally and it appears to b
what this country needs. as far as obama goes, i was leaning toward obama before the debate, but i miss obama. i do not know where he went. in 2008, obama talked to the people. people could relate to what he was saying. he understood where he wanted to go with his ideas. last night, where was he? who was he talking to? i think i am a pretty intelligent person, but i missed half of what he was saying. he needed to talk to his voters. he needed to stand up to romney. when romney said things that were obviously not true, obama needed to tell the people. i did not hear that. i am is still undecided. i would like to hear more of obama refuting, if he can, what romney is saying. i would like to hear more of mitt romney's plan that if obama is not telling the truth about your plans, we need to hear where his plans are going to take us and how he is going to actually make them work. host: that was virginia from florida. david is a mitt romney supporter in arlington, virginia. what did you think about the debate? caller: i am a reluctant romney supporter because of the abomination of the last fo
obama know that debates can be a game-changer. so the president will have to look strong and forceful, not passive. he needs to avoid appearing irritable or impatient. and don't be long-winded. >> they need him to answer questions short, concise. and to the point. it's more his mannerismsened his style and the way he comes across. >> the pressure is on for this first debate. it could be a huge audience. anywhere between 50 million to 65 million people may tune in to see these two men square off on wednesday night. >> david, thank you. >> great to see you live, david. >>> let's bring in "this week" host george stephanopoulos. also live, for more on this. the goal wednesday night is for each candidate to focus on the other person's weakness. >> exactly. after seeing ron claiborne's piece, it's to avoid a justin bieber moment. i think obviously, there's much more pressure as david said on mitt romney. he's going into this behind. he's got to force an error out of president obama, because he wants to dominate the coverage coming out of the debate so that he can get some momentum. on one h
romney and president obama get ready for the make or break it debate. but romney says it's not about the win. >> plus, it was like hitting a lighthouse overnight. twoferry boats send at least a hundred to the hospital. >>> jump topping safety. a fire breaks out in an apartment building forcing a 72-year-old man to leap into the arms of bystanders below. just what happened? we're going to have all the details coming up. that's incredible. >>> good morning. welcome to early start. i'm brianna keilar. >> very nice to have you with us. i'm zoraida sambolin. i'm 5:00 a.m. in the east. counting down the final hours to the big denver debate. >> the stakes could not be higher for mitt romney and president obama. if a clear winner emerges, it could be a game changer. listen to romney tell supporters in denver, this debate is not a competition. >> the people want to know who is going to win, who is going to score the punches and who is going to make the biggest difference in the arguments they make? there's going to be the scoring of winning and losing. you know, in my view it's not so much wi
obama." >> pelley: thanks, jan, also covering the debate is our cbs news political director john dickerson. john, what are the pitfalls that are facing the candidates possibly? >> for governor romney, he's got two jobs: one is to say why the president has failed and the second is to sell himself. to do that job, he has to be aggressive, kind of in the president's face. for the second job he has to offer something people find attractive so the challenge for him is getting the mix right. the challenge for the president is staying on script, talking about how he has been working for the middle-class and not getting knocked off by governor romney who he doesn't have a great deal of personal regard for. so he has to not look defensive. >> pelley: john, thank you very much. we'll be back later tonight with cbs news live coverage of the debate. that's 9:00 eastern time and 6:00 in the west. today secretary of state hillary clinton promised a full and open investigation into the terror attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, three weeks ago. four americans, you'll recall, were k
debate, starts at 6:00 p.m. president obama and mitt romney will debate. ktvu channel 2 news will follow immediately after. dan hurd: when i was a child, california was a leader in education funding. erika derry: and the fact that california isn't making it a priority frustrates me. dan hurd: i'm ashamed of that, and i don't want this to continue for my daughter. brenda kealing: prop 38 is going to bring a lot of money to our schools. suzan solomon: the money stays at the school site. cade derry: what i would really like to see is that the teachers... that were laid off come back to the school. navaz hurd: a smaller class size. navaz hurd: as a mom i want that. as a teacher i want that. prop 38 is an opportunity of a generation. >>> for the second straight day the coast guard searched for two fisherman by pigeon point south of half moon bay. they went missing yesterday morning when their boat capsized. two others on the boat made it back to shore safely. it is believed the two others were not wearing life vests. the fire that gutted his law office is the latest in a string of attacks aga
in strategy for the next two debates. president obama held back from attacking romney during the debate but that changed when he returned to the campaign trail. >> i almost got to watch out. >> reporter: the president attacked romney's plan to cut subsidies to pbs and he said romney's positions were so different from what he said in the past he didn't even recognize who he was debating. >> whoever it was on stage last night doesn't want to be held accountable for what the real mitt romney has been saying for the last year. >> reporter: and again vice president biden gave the romney campaign another nugget to jump on. >> obama and biden want to raise taxes by $1 trillion. guess what? yes, we do. >> reporter: biden says the superwealthy need to pay more in taxes. romney says that would kill jobs. in washington, susan mcginnis, 9news now. >> forget the elephants for republicans and donkeys for democrats. there's an election going on in the dog and cat. the washington animal rescue league has this an its website. take a look right there. if you want to cast a vote for bark obama, he's the t
in this debate tonight is to confirm some negative stereotype going into the debate whether it's president obama being arrogant or condescending or mitt romney caring only about a certain group of americans. >> classic moments. no doubt we're going to see moments like that tonight and throughout this campaign leading up to the election. larry kudlow back with us. we want to get your take on this. can something like that change the course of the election? >> oh, yeah. for one of these too. the other thing was a vice presidential debate. most people vote for president, not vice president. so something like that happened -- i don't really reckon that romney's going to stroll over to president obama. at least i hope not. one thing i will say, by the way, is if you go back to all those republican debates, we did the after-debate for one of them. romney's pretty good. he did very well in most of them. and two in particular. he took newt gingrich out in florida. at a moment when gingrich was really a big contender. romney took him out. >> even though the president, one of the best thing he does is spea
, the post debate romney surge and this morning the jobless number that looks like president obama is going to use on the campaign trail. which is more important to the membership? >>guest: that is a great question. the debate was important for the romney campaign. we have had bad job numbers now for months upon months leading up to this and they never affect the members. you can make the argument that despite the fact that rebound got a good jobs number, a good unemployment rate ticked down in the unemployment rate that may or may not impact the numbers. >> post debate there is indication, we have scott rasmussen coming up later talking about the polls, post debate happens now, it will show up in the numbers between now and the next couple of days. when did the post jobless numbers start to be polled and show up in the numbers? >>guest: well, we will have some people go in the field here in the next few days and have some debt on that next week. we will have the tracking polls, now, adding respondents as of tomorrow that will include today, people from today, who are taking note of the job
watching the debate, 46% said governor romney won. less than half that thereby, 22%, said president obama won. 32% called it a tie. and look at this-- before the debate, only 30% of uncommitted voters said governor romney cares about their needs and problems. after the debate, that number more than doubled to 63%. on that same question, mr. obama's number went up as well, from 53% to 69. that was small consolation, though for a president whose debate performance has shaken up his campaign. we have reports tonight from our campaign 2012 team, and first, we'll go to nancy cordes, who is covering the president tonight. nancy. >> reporter: scott, even democrats are describing the president's performance as lack luster, and listless, and the campaign acknowledges it is going to have to reexamine its debate strategy. out on the campaign trail today, the president was in cleanup mode, trying to turn the tables on a triumphant mitt romney. >> when i got on to the stage, i met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. but it couldn't have been mitt romney because the real mitt romne
's got to do that a little bit more. finally, in previous debates where obama has gotten in trouble, he seemed cocky and overconfident. >> there's a lot of talk about that. he could create trouble for himself if he goes down that road. that comes naturally. how do you overcome that? >> a lot of people have been talking about with hillary clinton when he said you're likeable enough, hillary. that was a similar dynamic. obama was winning the likability race there. he said it almost in an offensive way. he's got to be careful that -- obama doesn't have a lot of respect for mitt romney. >> exactly. does that manifesto owe that's going to be hard to keep under wraps? >> i shouldn't say obama personally. i know the people around him and the campaign, they're dismissed with this guy. i don't think there's a lot of personal chemistry between them. obama has to make sure that doesn't come out, he doesn't seem air gant or dismissive about this guy being on the stage with him. >> i want to -- these digs at president obama. that's something unnatural. is that a great idea? i found that really shock
of three debates. president obama and governor mitt romney will stand on the same stage for the first time in eight years. >> in the swing state of colorado, the candidates will focus on the economy. fox 5's melanie alnwick is live at the white house with a preview. >> reporter: good morning. this has been months and months and months in the making. we have abeen hearing about the presidential doe peat for so long and tonight, it will finally be here. tacoma and governor romney have been practicing their points and counterpoint with their debate partners. both camps actually spent the weekend downplaying expectations by talking up their opponent's debate skills an analysts say what happens tonight could change the momentum of the presidential race. final prep rigs are under way in denver -- preparations are under way in denver, colorado for the first showdown. it will take place at the just of denver. the format of this one will be a the different. >> what is different about the format is that we are dividing the hour and a half debate into six discussion segments. we think that those exte
presidential debate from the universe her -- university of denver. two hours from now, president barack obama will face his republican challenger, former met -- massachusetts governor mitt romney on campus. 80 million people are expected to watch on tv and online in this first debate between the two man. we will be here for the next two hours to set the stage, discussing the debate, logistics, and policies of the evening. we will involve you in this discussion. here is how you can take part. iphone, democrats can dial -- by phone, democrats can dial. republicans and independents -- the numbers on the screen. if you will tweet about the debate, use the hash tag #cspan2012. we may use your comments on air. our question for this program -- what would you have if you had the chance to ask? this is a domestic policy debate. you can send our thoughts on the question you would most like to ask on our facebook page. facebook.com/cspan. the moderator is jim lehrer of pbs. the debate is structured into a series of 15 minute questions, many focusing on the economy. the economy gets the first half of the
at party headquarters in san jose for the upcoming presidential debate. we'll show you why president obama shorters are anxious but confident. >>> and we're here in walnut creek where the republicans are getting together. they believe romney can knock it out of the park. ñçbÑ >>> complete bay area news coverage continues. this is ktvu channel 2 news at 5. >>> how about those amazing a's? man, they are the talk of the bay area tonight as the team many counted out are now the western division champs. at one point this summer, the a's were 13 games out of the first place. but tonight they are the champs after another stunning come- from-behind victory for the oakland a's. we continue now with our live team coverage. ktvu's john is outside the coliseum with the fans who are still going crazy. >> reporter: things are finally starting to settle a little bit. a lot of people are lined up. the traffic has been taking forever to get out of here. but if you pan to the right, you can still see a lot of people out in the parking lot here just enjoying the moments. certainly some folks down here on
the bright lights of the debate stage, heralding president obama's talents at going this. i'm curious dana, do you think chris christie went off script earlier today, when he said, come thursday morning, we're going to be talking about the outstanding job that mitt rom y romney. he's supposed to be saying my guy has a speech impediment. >> here comes the comical that reed was talking about. he has to come out attacking and trying to dislodge obama. >> did he emerge from any one of them as a clear winner, dana? >> there wasn't any -- he was solid, but with a couple of exceptions, but in each one you would say he won on points. there was no knockout, he was very skilled at that, but that's not to say that obama isn't. i don't think either of them is sort of the classic college debater. but they're both very capable. i'm going out to denver and getting some popcorn and enjoy the show. >> president obama is meeting with seniors and he's talking about medicare. >> mid romney said at the time were he president in this past, he would sign it into law. sign into law the requirement you all come u
the debate. >> reporter: president obama could have new worries today when the monthly jobs numbers are released economists predict the unemployment rate could go up from 8.1 to 8.2%. tahman bradley, washington. >>> mitt romney's wife ann has been booked as a guest host on "good morning america" next week she will fill in for robin. the appearance is set for wednesday october 10th. abc7 news is in discussions with the first lady for a similar appearance when her schedule allows. >>> something else that could influence voters, new film about the raid and killing of bin laden last year. the movie seal team 6, will air sunday november 4th, two days before the presidential election on the national geographic channel. it is distributed by hollywood heavyweight harvey wine -- harvey weinstein's company. they say the air date is not related to politics. >>> busy weekend ahead. lots of things to do. what is the weather going to be like? >>> it looks good fog is going to thin out so the marine layer not much of a factor this morning we are looking at low clouds and fog many september that ni
which split between obama and mccain in 2008. he spent this morning with rob portman his debate coach to do a little debate prep. they are expecting a much different president obama to show up a week from tuesday. one advisory the chicago obama to show up. in the meantime, he continues to carry on the momentum. she working the i-4 corridor where elections is won or lost in the state of florida. heights the differences between himself and zeroing in on taxes. >> for instance, he is going to raise taxes. vice president blurted out the truth. they plan on raising taxes trillion. they have already raised them a trillion. that is increases on taxes on small business, among other things. that will mean less jobs. >> reporter: on the campaign trail in ohio, president obama appeared to have a lot of fire that he seemed to be lacking on tuesday night. and accusing romney at shocking dishonesty and even though the deputy campaign acknowledged that tax cut would not be nearly 5 trillion dollars, it's something that the president repeated in cleveland. >> we put two wars a two tax cuts on a credi
to prove on wednesday? >> barack obama he and hiss choice would haven't the debate. after all today's polls are up nine points in ohio. it looks like these debates are just the rapids the president has to go through. if he didn't have them, it would be fair sailing. so for mitt romney, these debates are essential. he's going to have to show that he's presidential. so far when he went to the olympic and maybe gaffed and he stumbled with that 44%. they're not sure they can live with the guy for four years so mitt romney has to really be the one that comes out the winner. he's got to score. >> there was a time between the famous kennedy-nixon tapes that there were no televised debates. why are they considered so vital now? >> well, the kennedy-nixon debates created so much attention in 1960. many people think that's why ted kennedy won. if you recall ford made famously the gap that -- and then certainly by 1980, ronald reagan was very behind in the polls was just able to tidal wave over jimmy carter with quips like there you go again in a sort of staged format. since 1980, they have become par
the debate, trying to wiggle out of past positions. >> president barack obama: maybe it was extreme makeover. debate edition. but, no matter what he said, my opponent, he's a big believer of these top-down economics. >> reporter: you know, president obama had a little bit of good news, the unemployment rate down to 7.8% and the campaign this morning announced he collected in september, $181 million. shy of what he did back in 2008, but, still a healthy number, and the romney campaign countered saying governor romney, less than 48 hours after the debate took in $12 million himself, and, heather they are well fu funded and it will go down to the wire. >> heather: john roberts, reporting from the apopka florida. >> gregg: a political battle is underway, the white house advises defense contractors to ignore the law. ignore law requiring them to send layoff notices to their employees. thousands of workers are at risk of losing their jobs if the government can't make a deal to avoid massive looming defense cuts, mike emmanuel is live with more on the story. >> reporter: gregg, defense contractors
voters, a 2-1 margin, expect president obama to win the upcoming debate and the election. that's his biggest lead so far when it comes to expectations. >> but when it comes to the race itself and support for each candidate, a lot closer with the president leading 49% to 47%. we get more of wednesday's debate in denver from abc's karen travers. >> reporter: president obama arrived in nevada for three days of what campaign aide are calling debate camp. but he took a break to rally supporters in that critical battleground state. >> i believe in you. and i ask you to keep on believing in me. >> reporter: both the president and mitt romney will hunker down over the next few days as they huddle with senior advisers to prepare for wednesday's high-stakes showdown in denver. in recent days aides to both campaigns have been bending over backwards to compliment their opponent and downplay expectations for their side. new jersey governor chris christie set a high bar for romney. >> this is the first moment when the american people are going to be able to see these two guys side by side, laying
showdown. president obama and mitt romney hunker down for their high stakes debate in denver. >>> and bumpy ride. a 10-year-old philadelphia boy is arrested after swiping and crashing a van. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with air scare. suspicion is swirling around american airlines after two flights in three days were returned to new york's jfk airport. the reason, passenger seats came loose on both planes. the first incident occurred on a flight from miami to boston. >> during climb out, passenger seats row 12d, e and f came loose out of the floor. passengers are unable to sit in that seat. >> the federal aviation administration says seating in both planes had recently undergone maintenance. the airline has grounded eight 757s for inspection. >>> republicans are hoping the first of three presidential debates tomorrow night will be a game-changer for mitt romney. right now he trails the president in every battleground state. a new quinnipi
the headlines about the obama/romney debate. now calling his 47% remarks completely wrong, but the president never brought up the subject during the debate. what if he would have? n sounds ] ♪ [ watch ticking ] [ engine revs ] come in. ♪ got the coffee. that was fast. we're outta here. ♪ [ engine revs ] ♪ >>> an american worker is killed after opening fire at a hotel in israel. lisa sylvester is monitoring that and some other top stories in "the situation room" right now. what happened, lisa? >> american killed a worker in the red city resort. then barricaded himself in the hotel. israeli soldiers later shot and killed the gunman. the man recently had been laid off at his job at that hotel. turkish state television says a syrian mortar shell landed in turkey today drawing an immediate military response. no injuries were reported. on wednesday turkey answered with artillery after a strike killed five civilians inside turkey. meantime, this is video said to be in the syrian city of homs where opposition activists say syrian war planes and artillery pounded the city again today in the w
of this. i think valerie jarrett sat next to mrs. obama during the debate tells the president every day, you're the greatest orator in the history of language. i think if you hear that long enough you don't think you have to prepare for the debate and have contempt for anyone who would even dare challenge you for your job. bill: larry sabato, the university of virginia, right, he said last night that it is clear he blew off all of hess practice sessions. >> right. bill: and he said there is evidence to prove that. but it doesn't just stop with folks like al gore. ed schultz was on "the today show.". savannah guthrie asked him specifically what was going on. here he what he said. so many lies coming across the stage and so many inaccuracies, it was hard for the president to comprehend it and decide which one he wanted to attack first. i really believe that because the president's personality is bookish, likes to explain things. will not put something in two or three or four like thing and say well, i'm done with it guthrie says, it sound like you're making excuses. he went on to say romn
obama is a superior or turk. i think mitt romney is a better debater. romney, you know, we saw something that we had not seen in a long time. it occurred to me that this reminded me more of the mitt romney i met in 1994 when he was running for the senate and came by and met with me and was incredibly an impressive and analytical and fact driven and pragmatic. this was that guy, not so much the person who had been pretending to be an ideologue for the past few years. obama seemed to be like a team sitting on a lead. i would not have said smog it, i would have just said somebody who did not seem to be terribly hungry for it. -- i would not say smug, just somebody that was not hungry for it. i did not really big in these examples after, i do not particularly care for them. -- these instant polls, i didn't care for them. when you see who did the best job, obama 25, romney 67. obama did better than expected 21%, worse than expected 61%. romney did 82% better than expected, at 10% said they thought he did worse than they expected. my guess is the 10% or partisans. democracy first, a democratic
registered voters. they asked who they thought won the debate and 54% said president obama was the winner with 29% of the vote going to mitt romney. 6% believe it was a tie. 5% didn't care. >>> hundreds of people attended watch parties in the bay area to listen to the presidential debate. 600 people packed a nightclub last night and watched the debate on four jumbo screens while everyone at the party supports president obama, some say they wanted more detailed answers from president obama. >> i think that mitt came out of it stronger in the beginning than we expected. i think things started to even out and they did a good job of bringing up specific d ifferences. >> i think that romney touted figures and numbers they p romised. >> i think i want him to know about the educational system and how we are going to make a difference improving over the next few years and both of them are generally vague. >>> the globe was at capacity. they say it was one of the largest debate-watching parties in the country. we'll have more on the watch party for the gop nominee coming up at 5:30. >>> and there
obama and mitt romney seemed to be previewing next wednesday's debate when the battle over taxes is expected to take center stage. romney say ts he'll hold the president accountable for misrepresenting his record. >> i will not raise taxes on middle income americans! >> reporter: the stakes in the debate are so high that both candidates will soon retreat into political cocoons to get ready. on sunday the president will begin three days of intensive preparation in nevada. on monday, romney will hunker down for two days in denver, the site of wednesday's debate. in romney's sessions president obama will be played by ohio senator rob portman who was on romney's short list for vice president. on stage with the president will be massachusetts senator john kerry who will play romney. kerry and romney knew each other well when romney was governor of massachusetts both campaigns are desperately trying to lower expectations. in a memo leaked to the press a top romney adviser called the president one of the most talented political communicators in modern history and noted the president has
into the debate with the latest gallup tracking poll still showing mr. obama holding a lead. this morning it's six points. >> this is the ball game for mitt romney right now because if he doesn't do well in this debate, it's going to be hard for him to get back in the race. >> reporter: both candidates have checklists. dos and don'ts for the debate. mitt romney has to avoid appearing detached, that he can't relate to average americans. his to-do list, the three cs, show some compassion, that he's competent and that he can, indeed, connect to voters. >> all three of those things, he suffered over the last couple of months, especially the last couple of weeks. this those three cs, that's where he's got to do really well. >> reporter: while they lead in the polls, team obama know that debates can be a game-changer. so the president will have to look strong and forceful, not passive, and he needs to avoid appearing irritable or impatient, and don't be long-winded. >> they're trying to get him into the mode of being able to answer questions short, concisely and to the point, and so it's much more like
think that obama has a very real likelihood of coming out of this debate with people finally late on wednesday evening understanding how big the decision is and how big the choice is, and at that point we'll be in a totally new election. >> sean: you think it could have -- look, it had a big, profound impact. you were down double digits heading into south carolina. two debates you were up double digits. up double digits heading into florida. >> calista says if romney could be as direct with obama as he was with me, he'll do just fine. go back in history. when carter beat ford in the debates, it mattered in 1996. when reagan beats carter in 1980, it really mattered. when reagan stumbled in the first debate in 1984, people were shaken. when reagan came back and brilliantly won the second debate -- >> sean: i'm not going to let my youth and age be an issue in this campaign. >> -- change it changed almost everything overnight. these things can matter. they don't always matter, but they can matter. i would say that the opportunity wednesday night is greater for romney than for obama. a
up their big night on wednesday the first presidential debate. president obama and gop candidate mitt romney are wrapping up some final campaigning in their doing last-minute debate preparation before they face off in denver from reporters are weighing in on who is better prepared. >> i think both are excellent in their own way i think it could argue that mid has had a lot more recent experience. obviously also depends on was moderating. newt gingrich himself just the other day said that he is the best debater he beat all of republicans said they think he's a terrific debater. >> is a game on both sides know you better, know your better. so the way it goes to lower the expectations going into the big debate which is the first debate on wednesday and as we look at the polling numbers off before the debate this is the latest from we it real clear politics and their number shows president obama with a four point lead over romney at this point. so get ready for the debate in you could watch it right here of the highlights on kron 4 and we're also will bring the entire debate on our, has w
presidential debate. with weeks of preparation. president obama and candid it, mitt romney in denver. sandra has more. >>reporter: while organizers are putting the final touches on the debate stage the candidates are putting your final touches on the skills. the first showdown between barack obama and mitt romney will focus on domestic issues. with a heavy emphasis on the economy. something that we've heard a lot about on the campaign trail. >> what i'm most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. and to keep social security for hard-working americans. >> do you want four more years with people struggling to find jobs? >> mitt romney told supporters that the debate is not about victory toward >> governor romney is perhaps the underdog but he is going to be ready on the issues which is really what this election is about. >> on the other side the debate could have more pressure. >> i think the debate will be interesting in their quarter to back up their statements. they will be held accountable for more than they had to be held accou
until the first presidential debate, president obama and mitt romney will have the chance to press one another to answer questions that they themselves have been reluctant to answer. we'll run through some big ones, keeping them honest tonight. first, we've got some late polling. new cnn/orc numbers that show the race tightening. president obama still leads among likely voters 50% to 47% but that three-point gap is within the poll's margin of error. by comparison, just after the conventions, mr. obama got a four-point bounce to put him in the lead by six. the president's favorable rating meantime remains above the crucial 50% mark at 52%. mr. romney is close but still in negative territory at 49%. he enjoys an edge on handling the deficit and joblessness, but trails on virtually every other big issue, including medicare, taxes and foreign policy. keeping them honest, when it comes to some of those issues, both candidates have come up short either on specifics or credibility. issues like cutting taxes without ballooning the deficit or burdening the middle class. the romney campaign has
for -- more important debate for governor romney than it is for president obama. we know president obama. we either like him, don't like him or are in between. lot more people have to get to know governor romney so it's a more important debate. i think he has to be presidential. i think he has to convey the kind of person that people would be comfortable with as president. i tend to think we kind of score this as if it's a boxing match or basketball game. >> you know what it's like to debate mitt romney. i don't want to rehash any old wounds but i do want to play just some of the thing you guys got into and ask what he's like as a debater. >>overnor romney, was new york a sanctuary city? >> absolutely. called itself a sanctuary city. as a matter of fact, when the welfare reform act that president clinton brought forward said they were going to end the sanctuary policy of new york city, the mayor actually brought a suit to maintain its sanctuary city status. >> it's unfortunate, but mitt generally criticizes people in a situation in which he's had far the worst record. for example, in his cas
] >> reporter: even many of president obama's supporters consider the first debate firmly in the win column for romney. the president had a few good lines >> for 18 months he's been running on this tax plan, and now five weeks before the election he's saying his big bold idea is never mind. >> reporter: but romney came out strong, essentially taking over as the president seemed to wilt. >> a deduction for taking a plan overseas? i've been in business for 25 years. i have no idea what you're talking about. >> reporter: critics say obama seemed meek, took too many punches and did not go after romney when he had the chance. today he was trying to rebound, accusing mitt romney of dishonesty. >> the real mitt romney has been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy. the fellow last night said he didn't know anything about that. >> reporter: romney made a surprise appearance at a conservative political action committee. >> i know this is going to be a close-fought battle. we need to win colorado. if we do, we're going to take back the w
and friends" time. i am gretchen carlson. president obama has a plan to bump back from his dismal debate performance. >> governor romney may dance around the position, but if you want to be president you owe the american people the truth. >> gretchen: who is the one really lying? >> steve: meanwhile thank goodness for al gore . he explains why the president flopped out. >> you go to 5,000 feet and only a few hours to adjust. >> steve: isn't he the guy who invented the intim ator. blame it on the thin air . we'll tell you that story. >> brian: joe biden, take another gaffe. >> you guys sit down if you have a seat. guyings, i didn't realize you didn't have seats, i apologize . my mother would kill me if a woman was standing this long. i apologize . >> brian: another instant biden classic coming to you and what he said later on is note worthy especially to paul ryan who will be debating him shortly . -- shortly. "fox and friends" starts right now. >> steve: so you were wearing pants all along? >> brian: i am not saying anything. >> gretchen: they are snap on. >> steve: as long as they are n
as they have done in the last week. president obama is a great debater. the way i recall it, brooke, in the last presidential campaign, debates were not president obama's strengths. in fact, he's a much better speechmaker than he is a debater. and don't forget, he hasn't debated an awful lot lately. when the president of the united states and you're in the oval office, people tend not to debate with you an awful lot. you live in the presidential bubble. he hasn't been on stage with other people challenging him. so in a way, he sort of has got to get used to this routine over and over again, where as mitt romney has been on a debate stage an awful lot of times. >> if i recall, you were in a lot of those debates, he's tough, he's no wallflower that mitt romney. what is his biggest challenge, though? going into wednesday? >> the biggest challenge, i think mitt romney has got to do a couple of things. they're at odds with each other. first thing goehe's got to do i take on president obama directly when it comes to policy. what he has to tell the voters is i've got a better plan for an e
for mitt romney and president obama this morning after last night's first presidential debate in denver. a strong showing from romney who went on the offensive criticizing the president's spending record. >> you've been president for four years you said would you cut the deficit in half, we still have trillion dollar deficit. if you are reelected we'll get to a trillion dollar debt. >> romney actaed the president's handling of the economy saying mr. obama spent most of his energy pushing through sweeping overhaul of health care instead of focusing on job creation. >> the president: at some point, i think the american people have to ask is the reason that governor romney is keeping all these plans to replace secret, balls they are too good? is it because that some -- because they are too good? is it because that somehow middle class families will benefit too much? >> pundits are saying romney's aggressive performance last night was what he needed to do to generate much needed momentum for his campaign. >> bay area voters tuned in to watch and react. >> romney was came out much stronger t
the first debate compared to 25% that felt obama was victorious. >> i am now not sure which direction i'm going to go. >> really? >> yes. >> because of a debate. >> because of a debate. >> the reality, kennedy's often win the first debate then they end up losing the election. >> reporter: for example, john kerry. an energized mitt romney took a victory lapse of sorts. while in wisconsin, president obama appeared to have the fighting attitude many felt he lacked. >> whoever was on stage last night was not does not appear to want to be responsible for what he's been selling the last year. >> reporter: some political analysts believe it was an intention by the president not to be so aggressive. and they feel joe biden will more likely be the attacker against paul ryan. >>> governor romney said his controversial remarks about the 48%, he said those comments were wrong. he was talking about his comments that 48% of americans were dependent on the government. he now says they were completely wrong. >> they were great great friends. >> new details about an argument between bay area friends th
who has run high marks for his portrayal of governor obama in governor romney's first prep debate sessions arrived late last night. this morning they did a full debate session prep session. we expect to see a lot more of that in the weeks leading up to the debate. this campaign after going through 19 debates in the primary season knows how important the face offs can be in changing the narrative. >> nbc campaign garrett hakke with the romney campaign in florida. thank you very much for that update. >>> the latest poll shows an extremely tight race in the sunshine state. it is a statistical dead heat with president obama leading 47% to 46%. joining me now is scott arseno, executive director of the florida democratic party, and lenny curry, chairman of the state's republican party. thanks to both of you. len. >> thank you so much. >> lenny, let's start with you. republican supporters have suggested someone may have cooked the books. big conspiracy theories surrounding this whole thing when it comes to the drop in the unemployment numbers. does the republican party really expect the
, president obama and governor romney gearing up for what could be a make or break first presidential debate. plus, the u.s. supreme court begins a brand new term very his that could effect us all. >> gay marriage, affirmative action, voting rights. those just a few of the controversial issues that the top court is expected to tackle. but tonight could the healthcare law be back on the agenda? plus the u.s. military suffered its 2,000th death in afghanistan. three more american troops are dead in a bomb attack tonight, what the latest could mean for the america's war. >> and does anybody remember where we parked the car? but first from fox this monday night. the race for the white house both president obama and the republic presidential nominee mitt romney are out west right now getting ready for their first debate this wednesday. there are a total of three presidential debates scheduled. the first one at the university of denver set to focus on domestic issues. it comes as the new national poll from "the washington post and abc news finds president obama leading 499% to 47% nationally. that
. >> president obama and mitt romney getting ready for the first presidential debate. and i wonder if there are butter flies. what is going on behind the scenes. heather has a sneak peek. sex offenders suing for the right to hand out halloween canny? they say it is a freedom of speech issue for them. is it? we'll be right back. ♪ ♪ >> steve: got quick headlines for you this wednesday morning. american airline is padly install would clamps for the loose seats on the fleets. american airlines inspecting all airplanes using those clamps. so far four needed repair. an accused shooter and the appeals court has all of the information to decide whether major nadill hasan has can be shaved. has an charged with the murders of 13 people including a pregnant woman. and tonight, the first official presidential debate in the 2012 general election it is the big dance in denver. >> finally. we have waited forever . the campaigns have been working for month to make hur it goes without a hitch. we are behind the scenes this morning. >> so much goes on behind the scenes . not only what they say
. that was when he was debating ted kennedy. it's everything for romney to gain by doing well and obama just needs to be steady and look, as i said, presidential and not make any mistakes and not have romney get under his skin and say something which demonstrates that obama is flustered in any way. >> it's been a while since the president has had a debate like this. do you think romney has an edge having been through 19 debates in the primaries? >> yeah. he's had more practice, but it's interesting in the washington abc news poll, the people that responded to that poll 51-33 said that obama was going to win the debate. >> last but not least, the most important question tonight what do you think about the nats? >> well, it's great, but barack obama has already said he wanted the chicago white sox. they're out of it. so i think -- i don't think d.c.'s three electoral votes are in danger. he's safe to go for the nats. >> i think you're right about that. fox 5 political analyst mark plotkin, always great to have you in. thanks. >>> a wet commute for some of you tomorrow morning. sue has your accuweath
's debate coach senator rob portman about that he said the strategy depends on which president obama shows up. if it's the combative and aggressive president obama. mitt romney could go toe to toe with him and punch for punch. it's it's 2008 rope-a-dope obama that dominated the debates back then governor romney has to be careful not to punch himself out early or commit any unforced errors. clearly articulate the choice between himself and president obama where he would take the country and where the president would here is ryan. >> he needs to give the american people the choice we are offering. that's what we are doing. we owe the country a very clear choice of a different future. we can either have a dynamic growing economy that produces opportunity or we can have a stagnant economy that fosters dependency. >> and this debate format is going to be different for the governor as well. out of 23 debates he has never, shep, had a one-on-one like he will on wednesday. >> shepard: while they are trying to lower expectations here some surrogates and some aren't. >> exactly. things are going pre
as critical back drops, let's turn to tonight's debate. president obama and governor romney in final preparations. the latest polls have the president remaining ahead but maybe by a narrower margin. in trade showing obama ahead by two about a 72% probability of being re-elected. our chief washington correspondent john harwood live at the event site in denver. john, what's the objective for romney tonight? what does he need to do? >> mitt romney's got a very big task. he's got to do a couple things at the same time. first he's got to find a way to dent the argument that bill clinton and barack obama made at the democratic convention about how president obama's done as well as anyone could do in turning the economy around the last four years. secondly, he's got to make a positive case with passion, with credibility for his own economic plans, for how he's going to make life better for 100% of americans. third, he's going to have to deal with that 47% video which has really taken a toll on his campaign. he's got to do all those things at the same time. we've seen the history of debates,
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